James C. Hans, 75, of Valparaiso, passed away Friday, March 2, 2012.


He was born April 24, 1936 in Fort Wayne to Harry and Mildred (Linnemeyer) Hans.


Jim graduated from Concordia High School and received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He served 30 years with U.S. Steel Gary Works retiring in 1993 as a Supervisor in the Coal Handling Department. He was a member of Heritage Lutheran Church where he was active in several groups and also enjoyed volunteering with Lutheran Braille Workers. Jim was a true gentle man with deep seated values, a wry smile, and a ready helping hand.


On February 27, 1960, Jim married Dorothy Michel who survives along with their children: Pam (John) Wunderlich of Medford, NJ, Connie Hans of Sycamore, IL, Beth (Paul) Curran of Glen Ellyn, IL, Michael (Tami) Hans of Greenwood, IN; and grandchildren: Christopher, Daniel, Katrina, and Jenna.


He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Gerald.


Following cremation, a memorial visitation will be held Monday, March 5, 2012 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. at Heritage Lutheran Church, 308 Washington St., Valparaiso with memorial service beginning at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Joseph Ostafinski officiating.